I usually do my bike-blogging here, but I thought this would be better at WWVB. Here's a series of actual tweets from just the other day by Cheryl Sarkisian, d/b/a Cher, who encountered bicyclists on the Pacific Coast Highway (PCH):
Cher is OOC (out of control):
OMG, urr, Yuck indeed. I'd be inclined to dismiss this as the e-ranting of an out-of-touch elitist, but last night in Pittsburgh another driver ran over another bicyclist, which is happening a lot around here.
Although the event is tragic, it does provide an opportunity to read citizen comments on the accident, and that's a chilling experience. One portion of the good people of Pittsburgh say things like:
- You can't expect people to slow down to stay behind a bike. That's not going to happen. (Mr. Wayne Pace)
- bikers, instead of riding on narrow roads not wide enough for car traffic, like butler street and penn avenue, bike a block over on a street that runs parallel (Ms. Georgia Rush, who studied Systematic Theology at St. Vincent College)
- stay on the sidewalk where you belong (Mr. Shawn Cravener, who attended North Catholic High School)
- Bikers want a share of the road? Pay registration and carry insurance. They are riding the streets annonomously. (Mr. Bob Gentile)
- It's impossible for cars and bikes to coexist without the proper bike lane paths. (Mr. John B. Demko
Perhaps Cher IS representative of the populationIf Cher is, in fact, representative of the mainstream population, we (bicyclists) are in serious trouble. We need an effective, startling, interesting communications piece about bikes on the road that wakes people up.
Public Service Announcement: Slow the F*** Down
|Hello, this is Samuel Jackson. I'd like to ask you to work though a few situations with me that you might encounter when you're driving.|
It won't take long, and it might save you from a terrible accident which could expose you to delays, litigation, expenses - and most of all, the terrible feelings of having to explain to your family that you killed somebody with your car.
Stick with me here. It'll be OK. I promise.